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26 November 2018

Municipality of Gjilan makes a commitment for complete implementation of audit recommendations

Debati ne Gjilan

Today in the Municipal Assembly in Gjilan was held a debate about the level of implementation of external audit recommendations by the Municipality of Gjilan, organized by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). Present at the debate were the Mayor of Gjilan Mr. Lutfi Haziri, Deputy Auditor General of Kosovo Mr. Ilir Salihu, Gjilan municipal councilors and citizens and civil society representatives from the municipality.

Today’s debate was preceded by an analysis of external audit reports of the last four years for the Municipality of Gjilan, which was presented by Mr. Visar Prebreza, editor of “Jeta në Kosovë”. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Gjilan Mr. Lutfi Haziri said that recommendations given by the Auditor are welcome and they are working to address all issues raised in audit reports until the complete implementation of recommendations.

Mr. Haziri said that some of the recommendations require more time to be addressed and in some sectors the lack of human resources has caused delays in implementation of municipal projects.

Deputy Auditor General of Kosovo Mr. Ilir Salihu stressed the importance of implementation of audit recommendations for improvement of governance and better management of public money. He commended BIRN for this undertaking and has considered that such debates are beneficial for increase of transparency and to sensibilise municipal leadership to address the audit recommendations.